MAYFIELD, Ky. (December 20, 2022) – Kentucky State Police, Post 1 is preparing for the potential winter weather event that is expected to bring precipitation and cold temperatures later this week. In our preparation, we encourage the traveling public to be prepared as well. All vehicle fluid levels and tire pressure should be checked before traveling and an emergency preparedness kit of food, water, blankets and flares or emergency triangles should be in every vehicle.
The best advice we can give is to avoid unnecessary travel during a winter weather event; however, if you do have to venture out, here are a few reminders:
- Ensure your vehicle is clear of snow and ice before driving.
- Reduce speed during precipitation, low visibility, or slippery roadway conditions.
- Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Turn on your headlights.
- If you see emergency lights up ahead, slow down well in advance of the incident scene.
- Bridges freeze first. Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses.
- If you begin to skid, let off of the accelerator and turn in the direction that you are skidding to regain traction. Do not brake during a skid.
- Refrain from calling 911 for roadway or weather conditions. Instead utilize https://transportation.ky.gov/sites/snowky
Current records indicate that we are on track to have fewer fatalities on Kentucky roadways this year than we did in 2021. Kentucky State Police would like to see everyone make it home for the holidays. Kentucky State Police is participating in two nationwide campaigns to be a part of making this happen: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Operation C.A.R.E (Collision Awareness and Reduction Efforts)”; but, we need the traveling public to do their part as well by driving safely.
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